A desperate need for more mileage in the tank could see Victorian raider Miami Bound on the quick back-up in Saturday’s Group 1 Tancred Stakes at Rosehill.
Trainer Danny O’Brien is prepared to give his four-year-old mare another chance in the top grade as he plots a course towards the $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 17.
Miami Bound is already in Sydney after finishing eight lengths off the winner Verry Elleegant in last weekend’s sensational edition of the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes.
But with neither Verry Elleegant nor classy runner-up Addeybb lining up in the Tancred Stakes this week, it’s shaping as an attractive target for runners that trailed the pair home last weekend.
Miami Bound is among that contingent and O’Brien believes Miami Bound will have added fitness on her side this time around after what he considered to be only an ‘average’ run in the Ranvet.
“I thought she was average, albeit in a tough race,” he said.
“She was there to get a gallop into her given we have the extra week now (due to the rescheduled autumn carnival) and we will most likely see her again in the Tancred.
“She will need an extra run in her to get to the two miles so we will see her there, or we could always run her in a race on Derby day as well.”
Miami Bound is rated a $21 chance with TAB.com.au in their ‘all-in’ market for the Tancred Stakes with Kiwi sensation Melody Belle and Godolphin gun Colette sharing favouritism at $5.
If O’Brien was to alter his path with Miami Bound, she would line up in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) the following week before backing up in the Sydney Cup.
Miami Bound, which finished 14th in last year’s Melbourne Cup, is a $15 chance for the Randwick two-miler.
O’Brien is poised to have another important day in Sydney with talented three-year-olds Starelle (Vinery Stud Stakes) and Young Werther (Tulloch Stakes) both set to line up.
He is also contemplating the next step with Group 1 The Galaxy runner-up Order Of Command.
The six-year-old produced a career best performance to finish 3-1/2 lengths second to Eduardo in The Galaxy last Saturday at Rosehill.
A date with the TJ Smith Stakes could now be considered, particularly if Sydney’s tracks remain wet.
“It’s a bit tougher again because it’s obviously weight-for-age and he would have to meet the winner worse at the weights,” O’Brien said.
“We will think about it. If it was wet then I suspect we will give him a chance.”
Order Of Command is currently $101 in TJ Smith betting.
Originally published asO’Brien stayer could be Tancred Bound
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